Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Spitzer hearing tomorrow

The Republican-controlled New York state Senate will hold a hearing on Spitzergate tomorrow -- while the Albany district attorney has launched an inquiry to see if he should begin a criminal investigation of Spitzer's aides.

In an op-ed piece last week, the victim in the scandal -- state Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno -- called for a special counsel to investigate the matter. The article was full of non sequiturs, and a good half of it was simply a list of Bruno's political grievances against Spitzer. In the end, the best argument he could come up with for a special counsel was that the case called into question Spitzer's "temperament" -- hardly a compelling case.

Nonetheless, the hearings may be the first step toward such an eventuality. Spitzer deserves a certain amount of raking over the coals, but it'll be interesting to see what happens tomorrow. If they don't uncover something that goes beyond what Spitzer has already copped to, it'll be hard to justify further investigation.

At which point one of two things will happen: they'll wait for the DA's inquiry to wrap up, or they'll point to "serious unanswered questions" as justification for continuing to flog the case. The question will be whether those questions are truly "serious" or not. We shall see.

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2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Serious unanswered questions" is exactly the excuse Leahy and Schumer use in their continued pilloring of Albert Gonzales. So, I say....go for it Republicans in New York....rake him over the coals....and continue the investigations....paralyze the state if needed. Give 'em a taste of their own medicine.

JP5

8/09/2007 10:24 AM  
Blogger Sean Aqui said...

It's a legitimate argument -- if, in fact, the "questions" are both "serious" and "unanswered." Which of course is a judgment call.

8/09/2007 12:53 PM  

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